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MPS asks city, county for more money

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The Montgomery County Commission says it will try to help the Montgomery Public School System through its financial crunch. The Montgomery County Commission says it will try to help the Montgomery Public School System through its financial crunch.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -  With the prospect of a multi-million dollar budget cut, the Montgomery Public School System is reaching out to the city and county of Montgomery.

Superintendent Barbara Thompson asked the Montgomery County Commission Monday for an extra $400,000 over the next three years. The County already gives the school system $26 million per year from a one-cent sales tax.

Thompson is also asking the City of Montgomery for another $700,000 dollars per year.

The reason? To help make the payments for the $15 million borrowed and set aside for a new high school in east Montgomery.

Despite an already tight budget, Commission Chairman Elton Dean said the commission will work to help the system.

"The Commission has always done it," Dean said of helping the school system. "We put that penny sales tax on years ago and it goes directly to the school system. So, yeah, we've been invested in public education for a long time." Dean added that they did not want students to leave Montgomery. He wants them to be educated and ready for the jobs that are to come.

Thompson is suggesting the county and city make the payments for 3 years and the school board will start picking up the tab beginning the 4th year. The first payment of $1.1 million is due in December of this year.

The money from the city and county would have to come out of the 2012 budget.

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